The cast and crew of Aladdin where reunited on Good Morning America in light of the upcoming Diamond Edition of Aladdin out on Blu-Ray October 13h, 2015.
Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Lea Salonga, Brad Kane, Jonathan Freeman, Alan Menken and writers/.producers/directors/ Ron Clements and John Musker where in New York telling how it was to work with the late Robin Williams. But the real highlight of the day is Lea and Brad sing A Whole New World again for the first time in 20 years.
Lea sings A Whole New World often enough at her concerts and other events, there are various YouTube videos of those performances online. But for Brad Kane it’s special because the only other person he ever sang ANWW was his wife at their wedding. Really special!
Blue-ray.com reviews the US Blu-ray release of Aladdin as part of Disney’s Daimond Edition line. The reviewer praises the disc for it’s excellent video and audio quality, giving the video 4,5 out of 5 stars and the audio quality even got the full 5 stars.
The bonus features get 4 out of 5 stars This edition is all praise to Robin Williams in the form of several bonus features. But also include the classic bonus A Diamond in the Rough: The Making of Aladdin and the other features from the 2004 DVD.. But it seems the producers of this Blu-Ray version cut about 10 minutes from Diamond in The Rough. The chapters The Producers, The Music (!), The Voice Talents (cut in favor for Robin WIlliams praise??) are cut. The most prominent new bonus features are:
The Genie Outtakes (HD, 9 minutes): Musker, Clements and Goldberg introduce a (kid-friendly) selection of Robin Williams recording session outtakes. There isn’t any footage of Williams behind the mic, though. Instead, storyboards envision what each extended and alternate bit or take might have looked like had any of it made it into the final cut of the film. The outtakes are capped off with a heartfelt tribute to the late comedian.
Other interesting bonus features are a making of the Broadway musical and Genie 101:
Genie 101 (HD, 4 minutes): Voice actor Scott Weinger (Aladdin) explains some of Genie’s early historical, early cinema, and ’90s pop culture references to kids born in the 21st century.
I think that’s a good addition since the film is made over 20 years ago and Robin Williams leaned heavily on the pop culture of that early 90’s. Also it’s a good heads up for the fans who never got some the references the begin with.